Rye YMCA Blog


Rye YMCA Members Team with The Sharing Shelf to Help Families

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Rye Y members rallied to support families throughout Westchester County during a recent children’s clothing drive for The Sharing Shelf in Port Chester. Organized by the Y’s Togetherhood Committee, the project gave members the opportunity to donate seasonal clothing for babies, children and teens and to volunteer during a day of service at The Sharing Shelf’s warehouse.

The Sharing Shelf is a program of Family Services of Westchester. The volunteer-run organization collects new and gently-used children’s clothing for ages 0-17 and distributes it at no cost to children in need through social service agencies, teachers and others. Togetherhood is a national YMCA social responsibility initiative that engages Y members in community service.

“Like the Rye Y, the Sharing Shelf makes a real difference in the lives of families and children,” remarked Kat Doyle, chairperson of the Togetherhood committee. “This project brought families together in service, raised awareness about The Sharing Shelf’s important work, and demonstrated our Y’s commitment to the communities we serve.”

From October 13-18, Rye Y members repeatedly filled two large boxes in the Y’s lobby with fall and winter clothing. By the end of the drive, the Y had collected everything from baby’s shoes to winter jackets, from boy’s jeans to girls’ dresses, filling three large SUVs with the donations.

On the morning of Saturday, October 17, a group of Rye Y members—12 adults and 8 teenage girls—arrived at The Sharing Shelf’s warehouse ready to roll up their sleeves and help sort and organize the vast amount of donated clothing that passes through the facility.

Togetherhood Committee member Patty Mosher led the project. She observed “We’re grateful to all of the Y members who donated clothing, promoted the drive and gave their time and energy to help others. They embodied the true spirit of Togetherhood.” For more information about the Rye Y’s Togetherhood program, contact Denise Woodin at 914-967-6363 or denisewoodin@ryeymca.org.

For more information about The Sharing Shelf, contact Deborah Blatt at thesharingshelf@fsw.org


Golfers Support Rye Y’s Financial Assistance Program

Lisa Murphy, Kristina Dorfman,  Patty Mosher and Kelly Mangan

Lisa Murphy, Kristina Dorfman, Patty Mosher and Kelly Mangan

[October 8, 2015] The Rye Y’s 21st annual Christopher D. Mello Golf fundraiser on Tuesday, October 6, was a great day for all involved. Golfers enjoyed a sunny day on the links at the Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase while supporting a great cause.

The annual golf outing raises necessary funds for the Rye Y’s annual campaign, allowing the Y to keep a powerful promise – no one will be turned away from a Y program or activity because he or she can’t pay. “We are grateful to our generous players and sponsors for supporting this event, said Sally Wright, Rye Y’s Development Director. In 2015 alone, the Rye Y has already awarded over $480,000 in financial assistance to families, adults and youth.

To learn more about the Y’s charitable focus and Annual Campaign, visit https://www.ryeymca.org/giving/.

Jack Geoghegan, LarryDix, GreggHowells and ChrisWillis

Jack Geoghegan, LarryDix, Gregg Howells and Chris Willis

Old Oaks Putting Green

Old Oaks Putting Green

John Tartaglia, Steve Mongillo, BJ Thompson and  Ben Koenig

John Tartaglia, Steve Mongillo, BJ Thompson and Ben Koenig

Tom Murphy, Jimmy DePiero, Phil Frank and James DePiero

Tom Murphy, Jimmy DePiero, Phil Frank and James DePiero

Joe DeVita, Keith Meyers, Thomas DeVita and Red Phohl

Joe DeVita, Keith Meyers, Thomas DeVita and Red Phohl

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Togetherhood Clothing Drive and Day of Service for The Sharing Shelf

Located in Port Chester, The Sharing Shelf is a program of Family Services of Westchester. The Sharing Shelf collects new and gently used children’s clothing for ages 0-17 and distributes it through social service agencies, teachers and others to children in need at no cost. There are three ways to get involved:

•Bring new or gently used SEASONAL (fall/winter) clothing for babies, children and teens (to age 17) to the Rye Y lobby between Tuesday, Oct.13 and Friday, Oct. 16.

•Help promote this drive to Y members, receive donations and help empty the collection bin. Various shifts on Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 13-15. Location: Rye Y lobby. Register here.

•Join us at The Sharing Shelf on Saturday, October 17 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to sort, fold and organize clothing. For ages 10+. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Register here.